Boo Humbug is a fast-paced, fun book! The quirky, off-beat characters of Skary, Indiana are a delightful
bunch. I only wish this book had been longer so I could have spent more time with these enjoyable and fun
Rene Gutteridge writes quite a tale, filled with meaning. Not only is Boo Humbug fun to read, it also
has a very powerful message to share, reminding us all of "The Reason for The Season".
Lois Stepaphanolopolis, while taking a course at the local community college, is inspired by a lecture from
the instructor, Mr. Watson, to "think outside of the box". Her brain bubbles over with brilliance that can't be
contained. She decides to rewrite the Christmas play A Christmas Carol with an outside-the-box angle no
one would see coming.
Alfred Tennison, a freelance editor, takes his walks in the woods because it seems the only place in this
town where Christmas lights can't be seen. He's trying to maintain his sub-grade life in a manner that keeps him
from staying in bed all day long. Bullied by the sheriff, Irwin, into doing a little community service, Alfred
reluctantly joins the production of Lois's play. Really...how bad could it be?
Oliver takes the lead role of "Scrooge" to escape diaper duty and get a few hours of much needed rest a few
nights a week.
Wolfe needs a reprieve for the same reason as Oliver. Between changing diapers and little sleep he needs time
to just sit back and relax for a while.
Alfred becomes the Marketing Director for Lois's production of A Christmas Carol, renamed A Very
Ainsley, Wolfe's wife, soon discovers it isn't the play her husbandís interested in. Getting out of diaper
duty and sneaking in a nap are his motives for becoming so involved in Lois's play.
Soon Melb, Oliver's wife, finds out her husbandís only interested in the play for the same reason as Wolfe.
In fact the whole thing was Oliver's idea to begin with.
Alfred's got nearly every county within an hour of Skary ready to come and see the play. Figuring his job is
to just get them in the door, he doesn't care if the play itself is a train wreck.
Everything Dickens meant for his book to be, it now isn't. Scrooge was having an identity crisis, with the
many "creative liberties" Lois had taken with the dialogue.
in the midst of mass miscommunications and a total overhaul of the play at the last minute, the residents of
Skary, Indiana come together and create a play with an enormous impact and message.